Jeans! Pretty simple, right? Blue denim, always in style and look better the more you wear them. They are the forever symbol of casual style for your legs. So why is it so hard to find the perfect pair? It turns out that when there are more options, the choices they offer can become paralyzing. And if you’re not sure on what options you’re selecting between trying to find the right pair of jeans can be complicated. So let’s do some legwork on what styles of jeans are trending right now, and consider what styles look best on you.
Skinny jeans are just what they sound like. They’re cut skinny, to fit snugly through the waist, hips and thighs, and ensure they hug your legs like a second skin. Curvy cut jeans are cut with a little more freedom in the hips and thighs, but still designed to hug the calves. Boot cut jeans are designed with a slightly flared leg, so you can wear boots with them (pretty simple stuff).
Rise refers to how high on the hips or waist the jeans ride. The most flattering is medium rise but lately we’ve also been seeing some trendy high waisted jeans and low-rise cuts. If you’re not sure what kind of rise you prefer, err toward medium rise.
Long cut jeans are most flattering on taller figures (as well as with higher heeled shoes). Boot cut jeans are also usually cut long for this reason. Cropped jeans (a summer favorite) stop mid-calf and look good with sandals or more casual shoes.
Jeans are traditionally made of cotton (denim), but frequently incorporate polyester to increase durability. Skinnier cuts of jeans incorporate spandex in order to allow for the sleekest possible profile, while still allowing for flexibility.
The “wash” of a pair of jeans represents how the jeans have been treated with dyes. Generally, the darker the wash, the darker the jeans. Jeans are also frequently “distressed” by sandblasting to create a lived-in or bohemian look. Dark denim is universally flattering and also dressier while the distressed is a laid back favorite.
By carefully considering your options, you can be sure to find what style of jeans are best for your personality, style and body type. Best of all, with stores like rue21 currently offering buy one, get one 50% off on most of their jeans, you can afford to experiment a little.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by rue21, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of rue21
I’ve always been a bit iffy about white shoes. Everytime I see a pair I immediately think of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. 🙂 These white heels with a metallic cap toe are however a totally different story and now have me loving white heels. The metallic (which I’m totally obsessed with for spring) gives the white heels a edgier feel that I love and at only $19.99 how could I resist! Below is a quick denim on denim look I pulled together and some of my favorite white heels available online (I bought mine at a local Tampa boutique) and under $100.
What I’m Wearing:
White Cap Toe Heels – $19.99 at Local Boutique
Skinny Jeans – $34.99 at Charlotte Russe I LOVE the way their jeans fit!
Floral Chambray Top – $5 at T.J. Maxx (also seen here)
Kinda loving Eva’s look! The denim pencil skirt is a nice alternative to jeans and just as comfy (not to mention a great transitional piece for fall with tights). I personally would keep the top a little sexier with a tank, an off the shoulder top or even a cropped one. Check out Eva Mendes look for less with pieces from Forever 21, Target, maurice’s & more!
Miranda Kerr’s outfit is denim heaven! I have tons of denim skirts that I wear year round whether with flip flops, tights, boots or flats. To me, denim skirts are the sexy sister to a great pair of jeans, and they’re so easy to wear as proven by Miranda. Love how she paired her denim skirt with suede booties and a blazer for an effortlessly cool look! Get Miranda’s look for less with pieces from Macy’s, H&M and more!
With all the current trends out there, buying jeans can be a scary, lengthy experience. They have the skinny jean, boot cut, low cut, flared (I probably could go on but I won’t).
Here are some of my tips when shopping for jeans:
· They must have at least 2% spandex (unless they are skinny jeans). I don’t have a perfect body so spandex is a must. Especially on days when you need a little room to breathe.
· Flared jeans are great if you’ve got some booty because it balances your top & bottom (fitted tops look great with them). But if you’re like me and don’t have too much going on back there…buy them with pockets.
· Boot cut jeans usually flatter all body types.
· If you go with skinny jeans, 1% spandex is the most they should have (they’ll lose their shape if they have too much). If you’re a little insecure about wearing them try a “flowy” top. They look great with them.
· Low cut jeans are tricky to buy but soooo worth it. So unless you weigh 95 lbs or are one of the Olsen twins, always go up a size or two. I have some that are 4 sizes bigger. Sure they’re not as tight and eye catching as I’d like them to be, but they look great right out the drier.
· Oh…and when I try on jeans I will sit, bend and even strike a yoga pose to make sure there is no extra “love” hanging out on the sides. And last but certainly not the least, I always go shopping for jeans late in the day. It truly is the best way to ensure you get the right fit. If not you’ll end up with a bunch of cute jeans you can’t wear past noon!
Thinking about tossing your “mom” jeans, or those bell bottoms you have not worn in ages? Before you start tossing them out check out these creative ideas.
1. Use your old jeans to make a bulletin board
2. The pockets on your jeans can make a fridge magnet. A great stocking stuffer.
3. Trade in your boring camera bag for a custom made one with your denim.
4. Take apart your jeans and sew together, you can then stuff it and make a pillow for your dog.
5. Denim laundry bag
6. Take extra care of your shoes with denim shoe bags.
7. Denim wine bags
8. Chic and easy to make: a denim beach bag
9. Denim curtain tie-backs.
10. Give your diary or journal character with a denim look.